Mozambique visitors warned against bribes

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Komatipoort - Travellers to Mozambique have been warned against paying bribes to police or traffic officials.
Chief executive of the Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative, Barbara Mommen, said bribery was usually a problem over the festive season.

“Don’t pay the fine to the officer unless they are able to issue an official receipt. If not, please insist on being taken to the nearest police station to make payment and get an official receipt, stamped if possible,” she said.

She also urged motorists to take the name and badge number of any officer who tries to solicit a bribe, as well as the registration number of the officer's vehicle.

Also note the location and time of the road block/traffic stop.

If in Mozambique, report corrupt officials or check the legitimacy of the charge with the SA High Commission on +258 21 49 0059/3030 during the day, or on +258 84 304 4600 after hours.

You may also contact the MCLI to take up the matter.

She said if in South Africa, you may report to the Mpumalanga Traffic Department on their hotline 0800 202 775.

Mommen also warned against using runners at the border who offer to complete documentation on behalf of travellers for a fee.

“There are many individuals working on both sides of the border who are passing themselves off as government officials and who offer to complete documentation on behalf of travellers for a fee. These
individuals are fraudsters and should be avoided categorically,” she warned.

She emphasised that no fees are payable on either side of the border for the completion of documents.

She said people must not use the runners at the border post who offer to speed your thoroughfare and jump the immigration queues for a fee.

“This makes you party to fraud and corruption and undermines the efforts of MCLI and the relevant government departments to stamp out corruption and provide an effective service,” she said.

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